PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Oast Cottage has been loved back to life by a family who are devoted to quality - and living without compromise. This exceptional property exudes finely crafted detail, much of which has been created by local craftsmen.
A relatively unassuming exterior (it used to be three workmen's cottages) opens onto room after room. Four bedrooms with the possibility of separate downstairs living for a nanny, grandparents or home help. Every bedroom has ample storage plus air-conditioning/heating system.
If you're looking for a character property that offers no compromise on 21st century comfort levels; and is a short walk from everything in the village, including schools, coffee shops and restaurants then you've found one to treasure!
There are characterful features in every room of Oast Cottage, from exposed beams, stone fireplaces, oak latch doors, solid oak floors, hand-crafted stained glass windows and Cotswold limestone flooring with underfloor heating throughout the downstairs.
LOCATION Forest Row itself is a thriving, community-minded village that's also an organic foodie heaven, boasting cafes, restaurants, deli's, express supermarket, bakers, fishmonger, chemist and more. All this, and the village primary school are a short walk away. Further, excellent private or specialist schools are all within a 10-mile radius.
The town of East Grinstead is 3.6 miles north and offers a wide choice of other shops and services including frequent rail links to East Croydon, Clapham Junction, London Bridge and London Victoria, and is also a 30 minute drive from London Gatwick Airport.
ENTRANCE The property is entered via a solid oak, wooden stable door (chosen to prevent children and dogs going astray) with stained glass panels to the front and side. It opens into a good-sized area with plenty of room for coats, boots and shoes. This leads to a large entrance hall with a feature fireplace and dual-fuel burner, handmade oak staircase to the first floor and doors to the sitting room, kitchen, bedroom four, the study/snug and W/C.
BEDROOM FOUR Bedroom four is an ensuite double perfect for guests. It features a large front window, a generous walk-in shower with drencher shower head plus separate handheld attachment, floating vanity unit, low level w/c, extractor fan and leaded light side window.
SITTING ROOM The sitting room boasts a handsome inglenook fireplace with Cotswold limestone hearth, space for dried log storage, full chain safety curtains, cast iron hood and solid oak mantel. Paint colours here were specially mixed and specified in keeping with its 16th century heritage and there's a hand painted mural next to the hearth. Two oak framed leaded-light windows to the front, wall lighting, an oak door leading to the hallway and further oak door lead on to:
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM The kitchen with its four-oven AGA shouts 'heart of the home'. The kitchen tiles were commissioned and handpainted by an artist in the South of France. This open plan room enjoys plenty of light from leaded windows to the sides and rear and two sensor operated skylights. The kitchen consists of bespoke solid oak units, granite worksurfaces with inset butler sink and built in Miele dishwasher.
Between the kitchen and sitting room is the dining area big enough for a large dining room table, plus a separate utility room with built-in Miele fridge freezer, washing machine and storage space, with potential use as a pantry.
STUDY/SNUG The delightful ground floor study/snug includes another feature fireplace with woodburner and Cotswold limestone hearth, windows to the side and rear plus telephone, TV and satellite points. This would make an ideal office, reading or play room.
LANDING The landing offers further built-in storage cupboards, handsome solid oak flooring which features throughout the upstairs, and leads to master bedroom, bathroom and bedrooms two and three.
MASTER BEDROOM This elegant, oak beamed room is beautifully appointed and boasts a carefully planned walk-in wardrobe with handmade built-in shelving, drawers, hanging rails and a pretty window. There's also a generous built-in cupboard providing further storage. While the sleeping area is on its own raised, solid oak deck, the room's lower half is big enough for a sofa - perfect as a dressing or reading area. Two stained glass, hand-crafted windows to the front, and a clever, obscured internal window draws more light from the landing.
BEDROOM THREE Bedroom three features a hand painted Chinoiserie detail. With beautiful, hand lacquered, built-in wardrobe, side facing window and full ceiling-to-floor handmade storage cupboards, including several shoe drawers, this would also make the ideal dressing room.
BEDROOM TWO The second bedroom also features handpainted wall decoration, built in cupboards, including hanging rails, solid oak floors and leaded light window to the front.
BATHROOM The hotel-inspired bathroom features a heated ladder towel rail, full size, double ended, low level bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, plus a large walk-in shower with drencher shower head and handheld attachment. A custom-fitted vanity unit with marble basin, custom made mirrored cabinet plus a large, deep heated airing cupboard mean there's no lack of storage. Sky lights and a small leaded window add to the sense of space and calm. Cotswold limestone walls and floors provide the finishing touch, together with underfloor heating.
FRONT GARDEN At the front of the property is a private gravelled area providing parking for up to four cars and a cobbled sandstone path leading to the front door. The flower beds here are planted with delightfully scented David Austin Old English roses and perennials.
REAR GARDENS The beautifully planted rear garden has a variety of mature trees and carefully selected flowers and shrubs, including a well-established rose garden with drifts of geraniums and honeysuckle plus a stunning clematis arbour. Fulfilling its design brief of a romantic and secluded cottage garden that could endure lack of attention when the owners were away, the experience starts at the stable door leading from the kitchen. Here there's a generous paved outdoor dining area complete with a remote controlled awning, several secret seating areas for catching the sunlight, a raised fish pond, two log sheds plus three individually appointed additional buildings. One is a large, specially-designed Wendy House complete with light, heating and Wi-Fi. The second contains plenty of storage and a small kitchen with butler's sink, making it ideal as an overspill catering area for garden parties or simply washing muddy dogs, kids or wellington boots. The third is a good-sized garden shed.
VIEWINGS By appointment with Cole's Estate Agents East Grinstead - -